Insufficient justification provided to retain farm buildings

Retrospective permission was denied for the retention of various agricultural buildings, extensions and slurry/effluent handling at a Worcestershire farm an inspector critical of the lack of information offered in support of the scheme by the appellant.

The enterprise specialised in rearing beef for the UK market but the appellant’s evidence lacked the requisite detail to demonstrate why the buildings were necessary for farming the enterprise the inspector concluded. There was no clarity or consistency in terms of how it would operate, the numbers and breakdown of cattle, comprehensive plans for the future, grazing land, waste handling, and bedding regimes. There was a standing objection from the Environment Agency regarding the potential pollution to a watercourse the site being located in a nitrate vulnerable zone. Local residents had also complained about adverse odours which had been subject to a nuisance abatement order. He did not believe that a condition requiring the submission of an odour management plan would ensure that this issue was appropriately addressed. The appeal was dismissed.

Inspector: Jameson Bridgwater; Hearing

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